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China’s SF Express wins approval for US$5.9 billion cargo airport

February 28, 2018

BEIJING - The State Council, China’s cabinet, has approved plans for a cargo airport backed by courier SF Express Co. Ltd. The airport — which will be built in the city of Ezhou, 98 km from Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province — was approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in 2016, pending the green light from the State Council.

Australian Senator backs freedom of navigation exercises in South China Sea

February 26, 2018

CANBERRA - Reports that the Australian and U,S, Governments have discussed Australia engaging in freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea have been welcomed by Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.  Abetz is a long-time proponent of Australia engaging in freedom of navigation exercises in the region to ensure the continued stability in Asia-Pacific.

China’s tourism revenue sees double-digit growth during CNY holiday

February 22, 2018

BEIJING - China posted double-digit growth in tourism revenue during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, with the tourism industry taking in RMB475 billion (US$75 billion) in revenue, up 12.6% from last year's holiday, according to the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).

Some 386 million trips by tourists were made, up 12.1% from last year, CNTA said in a statement.

The State newsagency, Xinhua, reported that Guangdong, Sichuan and Hunan received the most tourists among all provincial regions.

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